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November 20, 2004 - Heart of Hearts Gala honors ER docs

Where: Marriott City Center

When: November 20, 2004

Beneficiary: Rocky Mountain Adventis Health Care Foundation, Emergency Physicians at Avista, Littleton, Parker & Porter Adventist Hospitals

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Koebrich, KUSA Channel 9

Honoree(s): Emergency Physicians at Porter Hospitals

Corporate Chairperson(s): Patricia Wassik

Committee Members: Laura Fitch, Daisy Carlson, Patricia Wassik, Terre Rushton, Lita Van Wagenen

Music: The Commodores

Sponsors: Platinum Heart: Emergency Physicians at Porter Hospitals, The Hewit Charitable Trust ; Gold Heart: Adventist Health System, Health Connect Properties, Hospital Shared Services, InSite Properties, Inc., Quest Diagnostics; Silver Heart: Cator, Ruma & Associates, Colorado Business Bank, DASCO Companies, GE Johnson Construction Company & Kitchell Contractors, Hand Surgery Associates, Kutak Rock LLP, Radiology Imaging Associates, P.C., Sloans Lake Preferred Health Networks, South Denver Anesthesiologists, P.C. , Statera; Bronze Heart: Arapahoe Sertoma Club, Cardiovascular Services - Porter Adventist Hospital, David & Heidi Crane, PacifiCare, Porter Adventist Hospital Volunteer Association, Unipath; Copper Heart: Great Peaks, Inc., WSi Personnel Services, James & Darleen Boyle

Attire: Blacktie

Board of Directors: Jim Reis, Chair; John Hoehn, President; Carl Fitch, Secretary; Dan Hainault , Treasurer; Ken Bacon, Jim Boyle, David Crane, Erin Denholm, Carl Fitch, Stephen King, Kris Ordelheide, Alan Page, Harold Patton, James Reis, John Sackett, Carolyn Shepherd

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Woods

 Anne Stowers, David Mckenzie and ER doctor Diane Barta, who is also the Medical Director for Porter Hospital
Anne Stowers, David Mckenzie and ER doctor Diane Barta, who is also the Medical Director for Porter Hospital

Janet Woods

When you work sixteen percent of your hours at night, spend thirty-five percent of your weekends at work and commit every other holiday to something other than your family, you deserve recognition for hard work. When all those hours are spent helping people and saving lives, you deserve to be honored, and that’s just what the 2004 Heart of Hearts gala did. The event, held on November 20 at the Marriott City Center, honored the Emergency Physicians at Porter Hospitals.

Originally it started out as a fundraiser to help the cardiac care unit and has grown into an all-inclusive celebration. For the first time in the twenty-four year history of the event, all four Adventist hospitals were honored.

The Emergency Physicians at Porter Hospitals (EPPH) received the Henry M. Porter award. The award honors the philanthropic spirit of Henry Porter and recognizes leaders for their community service and contributions to the Denver community. All proceeds from the gala benefited the emergency departments of Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist hospitals.

Emergencies affect everyone and no one knows this better than ER docs. They are those special individuals you trust during a difficult time. These highly skilled professionals, combined with the latest technology, allow you to rest assured that you’re getting world-class emergency care.

Doctors honored at the fete were Michael Anderson; Barb Antuna; Diane Barta; Jim Bodehamer; Sally Coates; Paul Davidson; Tom Drake; Gene Eby; Mark Elliott; Skip Galle; Jim Gruber; Wayne Guerra; Jim Huber; Pete Hudson; Ed Kuffner; Ted Larremore; Phil Mitchell; Sharon O’Connor; Mark Prather; Bill Quirk; John Riccio; Nick Rosen; Michael Schuett; Ahmad Stowers; Rob Vanderleest; Anne Winiarski and Gregory Zoller.

The generosity of the Hewit Charitable Trust brought out the timeless group The Commodores. Between the smoke machine and enough pyrotechnics to make it feel like the fourth of July, the crowd was pumped up by the 70’s super group. The group opened up their theatrical set with the hit “Brick House” that flooded out of speakers so big they needed their own zip code!

The Adventist Hospital system is recognized for their high-quality emergency care. Parker Adventist Hospital, opened in early 2004, is a Level III Trauma center, along with Avista Adventist Hospital. Littleton Adventist Hospital has recently been designated a Level II Trauma Center and the Porter Adventist Hospital has undergone an $8.1 million expansion that has doubled the size of the emergency department.

The emergency departments of Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter hospitals have worked hard to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives and health of the community.

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